Lawton, OK – Caring for a loved one in need is a truly thankless job often done purely out of a sense of love and responsibility. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 34 million unpaid caregivers provide care to someone age 18 and older. Further studies estimate one in five of households are impacted by caregiving responsibilities.
But who is caring for the caregivers? Anyone who has served as a caregiver can tell you that it is a profound experience, fraught with emotion, overwhelming stress and even guilt.
“Caregivers often forget to care for themselves,” says Cheryl Ginnings. “There are few if any resources available to support these individuals. The burden is so great.”
Ginnings is the author of It Takes Courage to be a Caregiver released in December and available on Amazon. Ginnings’ experiences caring for her son with cerebral palsy and helping care for several family members inspired her to create the Courage to Overcome Program, connecting caregivers to help them understand the problems caregiving families face. Ginnings serves as a voice for those “who have no voice.”
“If you are a caregiver you already belong in my club,” says Ginnings. “You’re not the only person going through this. It just feels like you are. What I try to do with my Courage to Overcome Program is to find out how they found the courage to do what they’re doing. Most of the time people don’t think they’re courageous. But you are when you’re caring for someone.”
For more information on Cheryl Ginnings, visit http://www.CourageToOvercome.club and http://www.cherylginnings.com.
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